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Book Review

Bix

Read "Bix" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Bix Scott Chantler 254 Pages ISBN: #9781501190780 (13) Gallery 13 2020 Leon Bismark “Bix" Beiderbecke's brief life has all of the hallmarks of a romantic legend. Wrote and recorded some of the landmark music in the early history of jazz; inspired a generation of soloists; overcame obstacles, including a lack of family support; died young after a brilliant career; and struggled with self-destructive impulses. Artist/writer Scott Chantler acknowledges all of this in ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Bix and the Boys (1924 - 1928)

Read "Bix and the Boys (1924 - 1928)" reviewed by Russell Perry


(If this program is unavailable in your country from Mixcloud, please scroll down and listen via Soundcloud.) In the last hour we heard the most important jazz recordings of the 1920s—the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens led by cornetist Louis Armstrong. Perhaps the other most influential cornet player of the era was a young white musician from Davenport Iowa, Bix Beiderbecke. In this hour we will listen to his music often in the company of C-melody saxophonist ...

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Album Review

Various: The Influence of Bix Beiderbecke - Vol. One (USA)/ Vol. Two (Europe)

Read "The Influence of Bix Beiderbecke - Vol. One (USA)/ Vol. Two (Europe)" reviewed by Michael Steinman


Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, perhaps jazz's most mythic figure, continues to receive much deserved attention. This beautifully-documented CD set, full of rarities, shows how deeply Beiderbecke affected musicians in the United States and Europe before his death in 1931. The first disc offers tributes by well-known players (Red Nichols, Manny Klein, Sterling Bose and Jimmy McPartland), as well as solos once thought to be Beiderbecke's. On every track, someone explodes out of the ensemble or creates wistful sound-castles ...

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Album Review

The Bix Beiderbecke Centennial All-Stars: Celebrating Bix!

Read "Celebrating Bix!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, who considered himself a failure and died (primarily from alcohol abuse) in 1931 at age twenty-eight, would no doubt have been astonished to learn that a group of world- class musicians was assembling to record an album celebrating the hundredth anniversary of his birth. But if Bix was unable to recognize his own genius, others were--and now, seventy-two years onward, he rests comfortably in the pantheon raised to honor such legendary jazz pioneers as Louis Armstrong, King ...

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Album Review

Bix Beiderbecke: Bix and Pops Lost Cannabis Sessions

Read "Bix and Pops Lost Cannabis Sessions" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz


Quick and to the Point: Not even the French can bake like Pops and Beiderbecke baked together.

Unbeknownst to Ralph Barton, his literary foray into Bix Beiderbecke’s life would take almost 30 years to unearth a rather mysterious jazz tale. Back in 1974, Barton wrote Remembering Bix, where he repeatedly relays information about Bix’s pot smoking. Alleged or factual, by 1996 such claims eventually seeped into the hands of marijuana and hemp activists who created a public stir ...


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